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Brief Published: 10 Feb 2014

NYFW A/W 14: Weekend Highlights

The main news of New York Fashion Week (NYFW) so far has been the sub-zero temperatures and snowstorms. But the shows have indeed gone on, with several standout collections seen over the weekend. 

American designer Alexander Wang drew the crowds to Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn for his conceptual collection, which offered something of a departure from Wang’s previously sports-inspired cool girls’ attire. Despite the downtown setting, the Balenciaga creative director’s collection was sharper than previous Wang seasons. The made-under models channelled a severe edge, with uniform slicked side-partings and bleached brows making for an autonomous, directional beauty look.

British designer Victoria Beckham had a good weekend, with UK newspaper The Telegraph declaring her Autumn/Winter 2014 show a “triumph”, and Style.com reporting “nice growth on the runway” for the designer. Feminine touches such as ruffles, silk pleats and eveningwear offerings are sure to please her loyal customer base. Beckham is set to launch the label’s first standalone London store on Dover Street later this year.

Luxury e-tailer Net-A-Porter used NYFW as the launch pad for its latest venture, Porter magazine, hosting numerous events over the weekend to celebrate the debut issue. Editor Lucy Yeomans reached out to Victoria Beckham on Twitter, citing her latest collection as “perfect for Porter magazine”.

Elsewhere, US label DKNY bypassed casting models for its runway show in favour of New York creatives. Artists, photographers, TV presenters, transgender models, skaters and a nightclub hostess took to the runway in top-to-toe DKNY. The move received a mixed response, with the likes of fashion news site Fashionista championing the focus on individuality, while others like The Telegraph’s deputy fashion editor Luke Leitch and music TV channel MTV questioning the sincerity of the show. See Otherness in our Fashion in Flux Industry Trend for more on the increasing emphasis on individuality and reappropriating stereotypes.

We’ll be covering the catwalks in full detail later in March, but keep checking our blog for regular updates on the key takeaways from Fashion Week.